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Push That Tush -- Salt is One of My Problems

Sunday, January 27, 2013

I keep trying to improve my food choices (so far I'm successful with sugar)
but SALT remains one of my weaknesses.
I am a firm believer that you can train your tastebuds ... given time.
For me, salt means instant water retention and swollen ankles.

As I was reading articles on the internet, I came across an item on
THE GROCER website. I never knew the DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH had something called THE RESPONSIBILITY DEAL with food manufacturers to reduce salt in food. As expected a lot of them failed to hit their targets for 2012 and offer all kinds of excuses. But what concerns me is the claim that they need new technologies in order to comply.

What does that mean?
They need new chemical additives to replace salt?
Isn't this philosophy how we end up with a lot of our problems?

Here we go again.

you can read the article from THE GROCER at the link below

On a happy note... I'm definitely losing my craving for rice.
Made some a few times over the last few weeks and
am really beginning to dislike the taste.
Don't know why my tastes have change...but I'll take it.
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    Salt is also my nemesis. Hope you conquer the beast!
    1849 days ago
  • STRINGI719
    Luckily I haven't noticed any physical problems related to salt intake for myself. I don't eat processed foods or eat out at all, but you are right, there's a LOT of hidden salt in canned beans, tomatoes, etc!
    1851 days ago
    I eat a lotta salt ... mainly ramen noodles.

    1851 days ago
    I hate to think what they intend to replace the salt with. Ugh.
    1852 days ago
    I don't know the answers, but I suspect that many manufacturers rely on salt as their only preservative.

    I rarely used packaged food, and then only if the salt level is acceptable, ditto for protein, sat fat! That makes my list slim! emoticon
    1852 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/28/2013 5:22:34 PM
    I do try to watch my salt intake, and pay attention to labels. It is the hidden salt that gets us, not what we put on at the table (most of us, anyway). I only add salt to some plain veggies and steak. Everything else, don't use that shaker. But sometimes when I look at something like ketchup... OH MY!! And don't even think about restaurants! Yikes!
    1852 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    I, too, have the same problem with salt. Yes, you get used to eating less salt. Also, if you increase your potassium intake (I'm not talking about huge amounts, just be mindful) you'll retain less fluid.

    Watch dairy, especially cottage cheese because it has a whopping amount of sodium! I'm sure you know what else to look out for. I love bread but the sodium can be really high here, too. I can eat the Thomas' light whole grain english muffins or Pepperidge Farms 15 grain bread and not crave more, but if I have any other bread I want more, more, more!
    1853 days ago
    I had to lower my sodium intake for health reasons in 2012 - tough because not only did I crave salty over sweet, but sodium is in so many things we eat without thinking about it - bread is a good example. There are several websites that offer excellent low sodium recipes that don't lack in flavor. Before you know it, foods high in sodium that used to taste good will start to taste too salty!!! emoticon
    1853 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    I find salt easier to switch taste buds for than sugar...try some of the Mrs. Dash or similar options. You can do it! emoticon
    1853 days ago
    1853 days ago
  • -LINDA_S
    I don't seem to have much issue with salt, but I don't use the conventional stuff. A good unrefined sea salt has all the accompanying mineral to keep things in balance. Good luck!
    1853 days ago
    Thanks for sharing for this salt issue. I've learned new things today about salt.

    Regard to rice, I was born into rice country and my country makes very high quality rice. I never knew rice is bad for you until recently, when I started streak for eat healthy , living healthy challenge. I used to love love the taste of rice. Not American one or uncle Ben. But the rice used for Sushi, the short grain rice. But since the challenge, I avoid rice as much as possible. If I eat rice, I eat brown rice.

    1853 days ago
    Your doing fine. Keep on keeping on and i'm sure you will see the Possibilities are endless.
    1853 days ago
  • EDWARDS1411
    You're doing well with the rice and so you will with the salt - keep up the good work!!!
    1853 days ago
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    1853 days ago
    Great job, as always. You are one of the most self-aware people I know! You'll get control of this salt thing.
    1853 days ago
    I am still trying to get a grip on the four basics nutrition that SP suggest to track! WTG on sugar, the salt will happen too!
    1853 days ago
  • TERRI289
    I don't like salt either..found that flour makes me bloat,hence Iminimize bagels, etc..

    I think the food companies are so all about the bottom line that they will try to get away with anything that they can,.

    Bring on the fresh stuff...chickpeas for all!! emoticon
    1853 days ago
    I'm right there with you on the salt. At home I use No Salt to try to cut back (not in anything liked baked goods which need the chemicals, but then I DON"T BAKE! LOL!). I've noticed that since I stopped eating out so much, even when I very carefully account for the calories and other things on my tracker, the next day I'll be up about a half pound, due to the salt.

    Keep drinking lots of water and it pushes the fluids out. Sounds backwards, but it's the truth!
    1853 days ago
    My dietitian wants me to try using more herbs and spices. I have started doing that and it does make a difference. Good blog emoticon
    1853 days ago
    I hope you do succeed. You're worth it!
    1853 days ago
    I hope you do succeed. You're worth it!
    1853 days ago
    Salt is an issue for me too, but since I've been tracking it's better. I think for me the biggest help is simply becoming more aware of what I'm eating. Now that I am, it's easier to not choose foods I would eat with abandon in the past.

    Have a great week!

    Karen emoticon
    1853 days ago
    most salt is iodized, so maybe if you found a different source for that you would no longer crave the salt...maybe??? worth looking into
    1853 days ago
  • DALID414
    Sugar and salt go hand in hand. Eliminate one and the other will soon follow.
    1853 days ago
    Make sure all your electrolytes are in balance. Dr. Eades has a good explanation of it here:


    I actually found that I had to INCREASE my salt intake to stop cramping and swelling. Go figure.
    1853 days ago
    I also have to watch my salt. These days I have to carry a cooler with food that I made at home, all commercial food is full of salt.
    1853 days ago
    Salts one of my biggest issues too. Sure hope they don't start adding even more chemicals to food. I'm trying to cut as much out as I can as it is. emoticon
    1853 days ago
    Put Mrs. Dash in your salt shaker. Usually it's a bad habit-- we're just use to reaching for the salt shaker. It might help!!!!
    1853 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    I started tracking sodium and had an epiphany moment when I saw the amount lurking in my own spark recipes. So I made changes to find brands that had no salt added, and some things I've had to make from scratch instead of buying ready-made. Done much better. Am also a huge fan of the Mrs. Dash type condiments.

    Good luck and much success!

    1853 days ago
    I have also learned to replace salt with herbs and spices. But it is hard to avoid salt when you eat out... Now, this rice you are talking about, is it white or brown rice?
    1853 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I buy salt free condiments. Eating spicier foods helps lesson the need for salt. I don't understand why companies need new technologies to get rid of salt. I suspect they don't want to cut back as products sell better with lots of salt.

    Good for you not eating rice as often.

    Have a great Sunday.
    1853 days ago
    Good job making it a goal to give up salt. I am in the same boat -- salt = bloat! My taste buds definitely have changed over the almost 3 years I've been sparking. I don't crave salt nor sugar . . . generally they're not a blip on my radar even. I am thankful for that.

    Fruit is about as sweet as it gets for me!

    Have learned lots about using different herbs and spices instead of salt. The taste b uds are happy and so is the body.

    HUGS and good luck.
    1853 days ago
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